Posted by: frroberts | August 5, 2017

Transfiguration Sermon Notes

“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” G.K. Chesterton

In the Czech Republic, 72 percent of adults describe “their religion as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular.’ ”  Only 29 percent of Czechs say they “believe in God.” A mere 9 percent of Czechs say they “pray daily.”

80 percent of Czech women read horoscopes, along with 46 percent of men. A third of Czechs fear black cats and believe Friday the 13th is a “bad day.” Prague’s NMS Market Research firm, in 2015 research, found that 76 percent of Czechs knock on wood “not to spoil something,” 78 percent believe in the power of fate, 62 percent say they believe in lucky numbers, 37 percent believe breaking a mirror causes bad luck and 31 percent affirmed they have a trusted amulet.

We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty….

2 Pet. 1:16

From the Preface of the Transfiguration:  He revealed his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses and filled with the greatest splendor that bodily form which he shares with all humanity, that the scandal of the Cross might be removed from the hearts of his disciples and that he might show
how in the body of the whole Church is to be fulfilled what so wonderfully shone forth first in its Head.

God’s love is stronger than death.  Let us gaze on the face of Christ transfigured in prayer and ask to grow in confidence in the victory that Christ won for us and grab hold of it in our own lives.

 


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